One of the best documentaries on music I've seen so far. Finally someone gives credit to all these amazing singers: the injustice is repaired. It goes straight to your heart, and is great for your hears too. Reminded me of the documentary"Standing in the Shadows of Motown", on musicians who never had any recognition whatsoever. Watch it asap.
A great film for those who are pretty new to music history, like myself. I'm sure a lot of people already know these back-up singers' names, faces, and voices. I was shocked by how many of them are featured on some of my favorite songs, yet are considered unknowns. It's an important movie used to give the heavy lifters their due, but at times, the film was repetitive.
Pretty good and extremely overdue documentary on the hard lives of these backup singers that are so important to most of the greatest recordings ever, but I wished it was more informative of not only their lives, but the industry as whole and how it functioned in the past and nowdays. Anyways, it was a fun a and beautiful experience getting to know them!
While not ranking with the all time great music docs this one is certainly entertaining and an interesting reveal into those unsung singers behind the backing mics. Some of the greatest songs ever recorded are considered such for the rich powerful backing vocals behind the lead. Some great stories, some great characters and some wonderful archival footage and pictures make this a must for any music fan.
"EXCELLENT AND MUST SEE DOCUMENTARY ALERT DEPT.: Damn! 20 Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville is SO great! Morgan Neville is always, always, always, excellent but he has hit it so far out of the park with this one. I really hope you get a chance to see this one. I saw it a few days ago and am looking forward to seeing it again. Really, it must be seen. It really is all that." - Henry Rollins
Reasonably good documentary balancing history, personality, analysis, and performance. Could, perhaps, have been trimmed a little - but the movie was poorly framed in the theater I saw it at so that may have worn my patience thin. Still, the content didn't satisfactorily fill the running time. Could have been leaner. (Or had more content.)